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  1. Update: ok according to ebenifits they apparently approved the migraines at 30% today. They have an effective date of 11/1/2018 but my previous claim that was denied was back in 2002 and I reopened the claim in January 2019. So I’m a little confused. Anyway This combined with previous ratings makes me 100% effective 11/1/2018 according to ebenifits today.I have not received the BBE.. in fact I am quite confused because my claim was in PRep for notification this morning after lunch I see 100% confirmed in the ab8 and a new ab3 for commissary but my claim went back to gathering evidence and now wont be complete until December 2019. Yes I had other contentions but I have gone to cp exams for them already so I dont understand what is occurring. Any thoughts would be helpful. Does this mean they will hold out on the retro pay until December too? So confused. Thanks in advance.
  2. Thank you.... No - migraines were listed as NSC - there was no rating assigned because it was not considered service connected at that time. Yes - my STRs show the initial accident and show ongoing treatment.
  3. Greetings, I am trying to decipher if after I am granted service connection for migraines whether I will be possibly rated at 30% or 50%. My C&P exam results below are a little contradictory. If I go by the questions then it will probably be 30% because the C&P doctor marked "no" for severe economic inadaptability but he also marked "yes" for affects my ability to work - further sating that I miss several days a month and work with out pay due to migraines. So if some one could please give me some guidance? I know this is just your opinions based on your experiences and I need to wait for the big brown (white) envelope but it's just so confusing. Please see c&p exam below Headaches (including Migraine Headaches) Disability Benefits Questionnaire Name of patient/Veteran: Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507, C&P Examination Request? [X] Yes [ ] No ACE and Evidence Review ----------------------- Indicate method used to obtain medical information to complete this document: [X] In-person examination Evidence Review --------------- Evidence reviewed (check all that apply): [X] VA e-folder (VBMS or Virtual VA) [X] CPRS 1. Diagnosis ------------ Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with a headache condition? [X] Yes [ ] No [X] Migraine including migraine variants ICD code: G43.009 Date of diagnosis: 1993 2. Medical History ------------------ a. Describe the history (including onset and course) of the Veteran's headache conditions (brief summary): She noted the onset of headaches during basic training in 1993 after striking her head against a tree limb on a physical training exercise. Headaches are mainly left-sided and posterior with throbbing pain, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, photophonophobia, worse with movement. Headaches occur about 4 per month and last 1-2 days. She has used up all of her sick leave due to work absences due to headaches. She takes sumatriptan, which can be helpful, and also topiramate 100mg bid for headache prophylaxis. b. Does the Veteran's treatment plan include taking medication for the diagnosed condition? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe treatment (list only those medications used for the diagnosed condition): Sumatriptan for acute headaches and topiramate 100mg bid for headache prophylaxis. 3. Symptoms ----------- a. Does the Veteran experience headache pain? [X] Yes [ ] No [X] Pulsating or throbbing head pain [X] Pain localized to one side of the head [X] Pain worsens with physical activity. b. Does the Veteran experience non-headache symptoms associated with headaches? (including symptoms associated with an aura prior to headache pain) [X] Yes [ ] No [X] Nausea [X] Vomiting [X] Sensitivity to light [X] Sensitivity to sound c. Indicate duration of typical head pain [X] 1-2 days d. Indicate location of typical head pain [X] Left side of head 4. Prostrating attacks of headache pain --------------------------------------- a. Migraine / Non-Migraine- Does the Veteran have characteristic prostrating attacks of migraine / non-migraine headache pain? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, indicate frequency, on average, of prostrating attacks over the last several months: [X] Once every month b. Does the Veteran have very prostrating and prolonged attacks of migraines/non-migraine pain productive of severe economic inadaptability? [ ] Yes [X] No 5. Other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs, symptoms and scars ----------------------------------------------------------------------- a. Does the Veteran have any other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs or symptoms related to any conditions listed in the Diagnosis Section above? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Does the Veteran have any scars (surgical or otherwise) related to any conditions or to the treatment of any conditions listed in the Diagnosis Section above? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Comments, if any: No response provided. 6. Diagnostic testing --------------------- Are there any other significant diagnostic test findings and/or results? [ ] Yes [X] No 7. Functional impact -------------------- Does the Veteran's headache condition impact his or her ability to work?[X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe the impact of the Veteran's headache condition, providing one or more examples: She misses several days per month from work due to headaches and currently has used all of her sick leave and has had to borrow sick leave and work without pay. 8. Remarks, if any: ------------------- No remarks provided. **************************** Thanks in advance folks. KiKi
  4. Greetings In 2002 I was denied service connection for migraines even though in service treatment records show diagnosis and continued treatment. I have reopened my claim twice both with denials of service connection. This time I reopend it again and the VA sent me for a C&P exam. Based on the information I found in my medical records from the recent c&p exam below I have two questions. 1. What is the likelyhood that my claim will now be considered service connected? I mean the c&p doctor seems to be saying it was service connected but I'm not sure. 2. Based on your understanding of the VA laws and stuff can you speculate on if it is deemed service connected with the VA back date my retropay to the original claim date in 2002? Please note that the only "new evidence" is my continued treatment for migraines in the VA health system and the findings listed in the ACE Review from the C&P Exam listed below. Thanks in advance. KiKi ACE and Evidence Review ----------------------- Indicate method used to obtain medical information to complete this document: [X] In-person examination Evidence Review --------------- Evidence reviewed (check all that apply): [X] VA e-folder (VBMS or Virtual VA) [X] CPRS MEDICAL OPINION SUMMARY ----------------------- RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: "Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of (a) migraine headaches that is at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) incurred in or caused by (the) frequent headaches in service during service? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: HEADACHE TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. c. Rationale: the veteran's headaches began in 1993 after she struck her head on a tree limb during physical training, and headaches of similar character have been ongoing since that time.
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